Maine - Animal Abuse Resources for Veterinarians

Last updated June 2015

The material provided below is a periodically updated summary. Legal requirement may change at any time so it is imperative that you follow the links provided to the current law or statute relating to animal abuse reporting by veterinarians. The absence of specific legal requirements or protections relating to veterinarians should not be taken as an exemption from the responsibility to report abuse which may exist under other non-veterinarian-specific legislation, regulations or professional guidelines. [Back to Map].

Covered person: licensed veterinarian
Animal Abuse Reporting is:

mandatory in the case aggravated cruelty
"shall report" (4018.1a)
allowed for cruelty and neglect
"may report" (4018.1)

Reportable Offenses:

aggravated cruelty
cruelty, neglect

Good Faith Reporting has: immunity
"immune from criminal or civil liability or professional disciplinary action." (4018 2)
Report to: Commissioner of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources (or designee)
(4018.1a, 4018.1)

Title 7: Agriculture and Animals. Part 9: Animal Welfare. Chapter 739: Cruelty to Animals§4018 

Title 17: Crimes. Chapter 42: Animal Welfare